Don Carey
Carey in 2014 with the Lions
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-02-14) February 14, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Career information
College: Norfolk State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 177
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Cleveland Browns ( 2009)*
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Second-team All-MEAC (2007, 2008)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     190
Pass deflections     8
Interceptions     3
Forced fumbles     3
Fumble recoveries     2
Defensive touchdowns     1

Don Juan Carey III (born February 14, 1987) is an American football safety who last played for the Detroit Lions. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Norfolk State. He has also been a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Early yearsEdit

Prior to attending Norfolk State, Carey went to Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia.[1]

Don's younger brother Donte played defensive back for Grand Valley State, a Division II school in Allendale, Michigan.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 197 lb 4.60 s 1.59 s 2.69 s 4.20 s 6.87 s 32 ½ in 10 ft 2 in 18 reps

Cleveland BrownsEdit

The Cleveland Browns selected Carey in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was the 24th cornerback drafted in 2009.

On July 14, 2009, the Cleveland Browns signed Carey to a four-year, $1.86 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $116,750.[2]

Throughout training camp, he competed for a roster spot as a backup cornerback against Hank Poteat, Corey Ivy, Gerard Lawson, and Coye Francies.[3] On August 6, 2009, the Cleveland Browns waived Carey due to a shoulder injury.[4]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On August 7, 2009, the Jacksonville Jaguars claimed Carey off of waivers.[5] The Jacksonville Jaguars were criticized for claiming Carey as it was expected the Browns would've placed him on injured reserve after clearing waivers.[6] On September 1, 2009, the Jaguars placed him on injured reserve due to his shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for the remainder of the season.


During training camp, he competed for a roster spot as a backup cornerback against Tyron Brackenridge, William Middleton, Scotty McGee, Josh Gordy, and Chris Hawkins.[7][8]


Carey was waived by the Jaguars prior to the start of the 2011 season.[9]

Detroit LionsEdit

The Detroit Lions signed Carey on October 25, 2011. He was released on August 20, 2012, and was re-signed on November 1, 2012 after Bill Bentley was placed on injured reserve. He saw action in nine games (six starts), providing an immediate impact on defense and special teams, totaling 12 special teams tackles (10 solo) to go along with his 27 tackles (19 solo) on defense.

In 2013, Carey was a versatile option at nickel and a source of stability to the Lions secondary and special teams coverage unit. Totaled 19 tackles (16 solo), two pass defenses and finished second on the team in special teams tackles with 11 (eight solo). He had a breakout performance at Pittsburgh on November 17 where he started at linebacker and had a career-high nine tackles.

In 2014, Carey missed only three games due to a hamstring injury, and started three of his 13 games. He finished the season with seven tackles (six solo), one fumble recovery and five special teams tackles. On January 10, 2014, Carey signed a three-year contract extension with the Lions.[10]

In 2015, Carey led the NFL in solo special teams tackles with 14, and tied for second in total special teams tackles with 16. He recorded a special teams tackle in 11 of the 16 games during the season.

Carey signed a one-year contract extension with the Lions through 2017 on November 16, 2016.[11]

Jacksonvile Jaguars (second stint)Edit

On March 14, 2018, Carey signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[12] He was placed on injured reserve on August 21, 2018 due to a hamstring injury.[13] He was released on August 28, 2018.

Detroit Lions (second stint)Edit

On November 20, 2018, Carey was signed by the Detroit Lions, only to be released three days later.[14][15]


  1. Don Carey combine profile
  2. " Don Carey contract".
  3. " Cleveland Browns Depth Chart: 07/01/2009". Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  4. McBride, Barry. "CB Don Carey: Waived/Injured". Retrieved August 6, 2008.
  5. "Jaguars Claim CB Don Carey Off Waivers". August 8, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  6. Rosenthal, Greg. "Jags complete "snatch-and-stash" move with Don Carey". Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  7. " Jacksonville Jaguars' Depth Chart: 07/01/2010". Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  8. Stites, Adam (August 31, 2010). "Don Carey: Worth a Roster Spot?". Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars cutdown analysis
  10. Rothstein, Michael (January 10, 2014). "Reports: Lions sign Carey to extension". Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  11. Mathews, Ryan (November 16, 2016). "Lions sign Don Carey to extension through 2017 season".
  12. "OFFICIAL: Carey signs". March 15, 2018.
  13. "Jaguars Sign Linebacker Nick DeLuca". August 21, 2018.
  14. "Lions sign free agent S Don Carey". November 20, 2018.
  15. "Lions announce Cooper acquisition, waive Don Carey". Lions Wire. USA Today. November 23, 2018.

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